Program & Facility Information

Place-based nature education in Billings

Nature Nuts:

Nature exploration comes naturally, especially for little kids! Children aged 1 to 4 (and an accompanying adult) join Montana Audubon teacher naturalists for guided outdoor play and learning about the local area.

Nature Nuts occurs every Tuesday, year-round, from 10-11 am. No registration required.

Cost: $6/pair, FREE for members. Different theme each week!

Summer Camps:

Summer camps at the Montana Audubon Center are a unique outdoor experience for ages 3-14. All programs are a mix of outdoor exploration, nature play, and hands-on learning about the natural world.

***NEW THIS YEAR: FLEDGLINGS NATURE PRESCHOOL SUMMER SESSION***  3-day sessions (T-W-Th) from 8:30-12:00 for kids age 3 (potty trained) to 5. Sign up for one week at a time over the 10-week season, starting June 13th. $100/week.

Summer Open House Hours:

Explore and enjoy the great outdoors! Borrow one of five themed nature knapsacks with field guides and equipment. Take a hike around our 3 miles of nature trails. Or rent a canoe for a paddle around the pond ($10/hr or FREE for members). Then cool off indoors while you make a nature-inspired craft and chat with our Naturalists.

June 3rd – August 26th:

Saturdays from 9am – 1pm

Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 4:30-7:30pm.

Public Programs:

We do a variety of family-friendly public programs at the Center. Programs are FREE for members or at the rates listed below.

Weekend Wonders

Naturalist-led program on the 3rd Sunday of every month, 3 – 4:30pm. Advance registration preferred — please call 406-294-5099 or email [email protected] $5/person.

June 18th (Father’s Day): Fundamentals of Fly Fishing

July 16th: Things with Wings

August 20th: Wild, Edible Montana

September 17th: Mysterious Macroinvertebrates

Saturday Morning Bird Strolls

Enjoy cool summer mornings by the river and learn a few birds while you’re there. Great for beginning birders. Every 2nd and 4th Saturday from 7 – 9am. $10/person. Binoculars and guidebooks available to check out, families welcome! Registration preferred, call 406-294-5099.

June 10th and 24th, July 8th and 22nd, August 12th and 26th.

Bat Night Hikes

Dive into the mesmerizing world of bats! Join Megan O’Reilly from Fish, Wildlife and Parks to learn cool bat facts, then head out with special acoustic equipment to find them. FREE for all.

July 21st and August 11th, meet at 9pm.

Fledglings Nature Preschool:

One of the first nature preschools in Montana and the first in the Billings area, Fledglings Nature Preschool is founded on the idea that kids learn best through play and hands-on experiences.

Registration for the 2017-2018 school year opens March 1, 2017. Call to inquire or to set up a tour.

Home School Science Classes:

Join the Center staff for inquiry-based, interdisciplinary, student-centered science and nature exploration at Billings’ only place-based nature education facility. We’ll explore different themes during five sessions, which each include 14 hours of instruction.

Programs occur on Mondays and Thursdays. 2017-2018 programs to be announced soon!

Session details for 2016-2017:

  • Autumn: Water, Water Everywhere!
    • September 19 to November 10, 2-3:45 pm
  • Winter I: Backyard Billings
    • November 28 to December 22, 9-12:30 pm
  • Winter II: Snow Survival
    • January 9 to March 2, 2-3:45 pm
  • Spring I: Nature Tech
    • March 6 to March 27, 9-12:30 pm
  • Spring II: Fly with the Birds
    • April 3 to May 22, 2-3:45 pm

Cost: $75 per student, ages 6-12.

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Kids Campfire Fridays:

Campfires, stories, games, and exploring nature? Sounds like a great time! Sign your kids up for a special evening event just for them, andscf3957d take some time for a date night yourself. All Campfire Fridays at the Audubon Center feature nature-themed activities, games, and plenty of outdoor play under the supervision of our experienced teacher-naturalist staff. Participants should be prepared for outdoor time, including appropriate clothing and footwear, though we’ve got plenty of indoor activities (and hot cocoa) to warm up with in inclement weather. Each month features different games and activities. Ages 4-12, $30/child (10% discount for members).

Kids Campfire Fridays will return in Fall of 2017.

Get Outside Montana:

2016 was the 5th and final year for Get Outside Montana. This community-wide partnership event featured a summer-activity passport along with prizes for participation. While the official passport program is over, we encourage you to visit any of the partner sites to see what they have on tap for their summer programs.

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